Two Grayson women are accused in separate cases of fraudulently collecting money and benefits from federal and state assistance programs over the course of many years.

A federal grand jury in Covington returned two separate indictments on Feb. 14 charging Linda Lou Tackett, 62 and Ila Jean Rose, 56 with Supplemental Security Income fraud (SSI) and health care fraud. Seven other Kentuckians were charged in separate cases with similar offenses.

Rose was also charged with aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictments, the women fraudulently obtained benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Medicaid by concealing and intentionally failing to disclose to SSA their financial resources and their true living arrangements with their spouses.

In order to qualify for benefits, starting in September 1998 and continuing through

July 2012, Rose allegedly told the SSA that she had separated from her husband and was not receiving financial support. In reality, Rose lived with her husband and they shared living expenses. Also, in June 2009, Rose allegedly used someone else’s identity to commit social security fraud.

Tackett’s indictment states that from June 2003 until August 2012 she repeatedly concealed and intentionally failed to disclose to the SSA that she lived with her husband and shared living expenses.

Had SSA known the defendants’ true living arrangement and financial resources, both would have been ineligible for SSI, or their eligibility would have been reduced greatly.

SSI is a cash assistance program designed to provide financial assistance to elderly and disabled people who have little or no income or resources. Based on an agreement between Kentucky and the SSA, Kentuckians who are eligible for SSI also qualify for Medicaid coverage.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Guy P. Fallen, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration jointly made the announcement Thursday.

The investigation was conducted by the SSA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Nasson represents the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this case.

A date for Tackett and Rose to appear in court has not yet been set. If convicted, Tackett face up to five years in prison, while Rose faces up to seven years. However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed after the Court reviews the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes.

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